A disabled beneficiary, such as one with a developmental disability, requires careful planning. For these types of beneficiaries, a supplemental needs trust can be used to protect their inheritance from compromising government benefits.
There are a couple of different types of supplemental needs trusts:
• The first, called a first party Supplemental Needs Trust, is one created with the beneficiaries own funds, such as from a lawsuit settlement. When the beneficiary passes away, these funds have to be used to pay back government benefits before going to any beneficiaries.
• The second, called a third party supplemental needs trust, is one setup with the funds of a third party, such as an inheritance or a gift. When the beneficiary passes away, these assets do not need to be used to pay back government benefits and can go to the beneficiaries you designate.